Let's face it, there are times when instructing staff/employees how to do something on the desktop or a mobile device can be an exercise in frustration and patience. This is why it's always good to have a number of routes to success. One such route is the screen recording. With this capability, you can simply send a video out to your staff to clearly show them exactly how they need to do what it is you need them to do.
Unfortunately, Android doesn't have this feature built in. Fortunately, however, there are plenty of apps in the Google Play Store that can add screen recording into the mix. Of the available apps, the one I have found to be the most reliable (and doesn't require root access) is AZ Screen Recorder. Recorded videos have no time limit, do not include any sort of watermark, and the app offers a number of very handy features, such as:
- Picture in picture (this allows you to overlay a video from the front-facing camera so you can also talk your users through the process)
- Countdown timer (in case you need to prep before you record)
- Video configuration (change the resolution, frame rate, bit-rate, and orientation)
- Built-in editor
- And much more
Above and beyond the features, what makes AZ Screen Recorder so appealing is its ease of use. If you're looking for an app to record your Android screen, look no further. How easy is it to use? Let's install it and find out.
Before I show you how easy it is to install AZ Screen Recorder, know that the version in the Google Play Store is the free version. With the help of in-app purchases, you can pay up for the Premium version which will get rid of the ads, add a few extra features (such as the Magic Button), and support the developer (win-win there). The cost of the Premium version is $2.99. With that said, let's install; here's how:
- Open up the Google Play Store on your Android device
- Search for AZ Screen Recorder
- Locate and tap the entry by Hecorat
- Tap Install
- Allow the installation to complete
That's it. Once installed, you'll find the launcher for the app on your home screen or your App Drawer (or both). Tap it to open up the app and get ready to record.
Using AZ Screen Recorder is incredibly easy. Once the app opens, you'll see a small camera button on the left side of your screen. Tap that button to reveal the AZ controls (Figure A).
With these buttons, you can (from top to bottom):
- Gain access to the app settings
- Take a screenshot
- Record a video
- Open the folder containing your recordings
- Open the Google Play Store
To record a video, tap the video button (from the controls) and then (when prompted) tap START NOW. You will get a three-second countdown before the recording actually begins. Do what you need to do for the recording and, once you're done, pull down your notification shade and tap the STOP button (Figure B).
After the recording has stopped, tap the AZ Screen Record button (at the left edge of your home screen) and then tap the file manager icon. Within the built-in file manager you will see your newly recorded video listed (Figure C). From here you open it with the built-in editor (that allows you to trim, cut, convert to gif, extract frames, crop, and or rotate the video), or share the video (by way of the usual Android sharing mechanism).
Do note the trim, cut, and convert options are only available in the Pro version.
And that's pretty much all there is to snagging high quality screen recordings from your Android device. You'd be hard-pressed to find a more user-friendly screen recording tool for the platform. Give this a try and see if it doesn't help you to help others.
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